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The Biden administration on Wednesday stirred controversy on day one by temporarily changing the Twitter account for the U.S. Ambassador to Israel before reversing the change after a report from the Washington Free Beacon called attention to it.
The Twitter account, which was most recently operated by former Ambassador David Friedman, was changed to read, "U.S. Ambassador to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza," after Friedman vacated his office. The modified account drew heavy criticism from Republican lawmakers and others who thought that the change suggested the United States would not recognize Israeli control over the West Bank and Gaza amid the ongoing dispute between Israel and the Palestinians.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) was among the first lawmakers to speak out about the change, accusing Democrats of "hostility to Israel."
"The Biden Admin title change for the @USAmbIsrael shows the Democrats' hostility to Israel," Scott tweeted. "There is no country of West Bank or Gaza, only territories that Israel has been willing for decades to negotiate sovereignty over but has been met with only hostility and terrorism."
Rep. Michael McCaul (Texas), the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the change was "provocative."
The Biden Admin title change for the @USAmbIsrael shows the Democrats' hostility to Israel. There is no country of… https://t.co/T5Uh4A2sPx— Rick Scott (@Rick Scott)1611171447.0
LR @RepMcCaul "It's incredibly troubling the administration made this controversial move on Day One, w/o consulting… https://t.co/r0jPF2mdlg— House Foreign Affairs GOP (@House Foreign Affairs GOP)1611170315.0
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